#1
Hello,
I have been recording for about a year, using a boss micro br to record then mixing/editing my songs using mixcraft, this has provided alright quality for the amount of gear I have, but I want something that will get better recordings initially as i find the br to be very noisey at times, especially when using the built in mic.

Recently, I bought an old Power Mac G4, it's not the faster of things, but it came with cubase which is a step up from mixcraft on my pc

I basically want something i can record directly from the source to the mac without having to export it to mp3/load it on my pc.

Its not the fastest of computers, so it can't be anything too complex.

I was thinking getting a yamaha MG124C
http://www.yamaha.de/yamaha_europe/uk/20_proaudio/10_mixers/10_no_category/10_analog_mixers/40_mg_series/30_MG124C/index.html

and an m-audio audiophile 2496
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/Audiophile2496.html

and obviously some microphones, but i am just focused on the actual recorder at the moment.

With this set up, would i be able to mix the tracks in real-time?
I’m sorry I’m asking so many questions, I’m just confused with all the different methods.

My budget is around £250-£350
If there are any other questions, please ask, sorry it's so long!
#2
Well, there are cheaper alternatives, and those G4s are pretty decent...I can have them running Reason and Pro Tools without a sweat. What exactly are you recording, and are you planning on doing live stuff with that mixer?
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#3
I run a Yamah Mixer and 2496 combo myself however I dont suggest going for that...It has quite a few limits and even I am looking for a new interface once I get the money.


Also +1 on Fast Finger's comments
#4
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Well, there are cheaper alternatives, and those G4s are pretty decent...I can have them running Reason and Pro Tools without a sweat. What exactly are you recording, and are you planning on doing live stuff with that mixer?


At the moment, i'm recording my band, using midi drums, but i guess eventually i'd like to be able to fully record a drum kit, and maybe a gig, but that's not a priority whatsoever.

So, i'm not really using it for live work, 90% it will be for the studio.


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I run a Yamah Mixer and 2496 combo myself however I dont suggest going for that...It has quite a few limits and even I am looking for a new interface once I get the money.


What sort of limitations does it have?


Thanks to both of you.
#5
Well, the limits Moody is saying is that, compared to Firewire interfaces like this (which I recommend, and it can do drums in the future), when you record you'll only have a stereo signal to work with. That's fine if you are experienced with panning and levels, but if you want control over each microphone track after recording, go with a digital Firewire/PCI interface. As for your MIDI drums, get this.
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#6
exactly as Fast Fingers said. I dislike that everything is mixed down...
Also there isnt enough outputs on this card to really work with monitored mixes.
Lastly, its a RCA unbalanced jack without any preamp.

Overall it's better to go with an outboard interface such as a firewire based model.
#7
Yeah, I think i'll go with the FP10 faster fingers suggested.
How much money would it cost to buy microphones for micing a drum kit/recording guitar/bass and vocals?
I'll probably get a Shure SM57 for the guitar, but i'm completely lost when it comes to recording drums/vocals on which mic to use, i've read bits of tweaks guide, so i'll re-read it again.
Thanks to both of you!
#8
Tweaks guide should go over and help you with mic choices but there's a section on their boards that goes over drums and such:

http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=48&sid=768ff6e3a44dd904631be2c829a1c5bc

It's not going to be cheap so expect to pay quite a bit if you want good drum mics...probably over $700

Most studios use LD Condensers for vocals as they sound best in that application. You do need a quiet location to use these type mics though as they will record a whole room.

The 57 is nice to have in any setting as it works fro a lot of things such as toms, snare, guitar cabs and some vocals...although I would not suggest the 57 for vocals if you have a condenser.